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The Unisphere of Flushing Meadows Park, NY


World's Largest Globe

The Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Park

John Roleke

The Largest Globe in the World:

The Unisphere is a beautiful, giant steel globe that sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. It is a famous sight in central Queens and is visible to drivers on the LIE, the Grand Central, and Van Wyck, as well as to airline passengers arriving and departing from LaGuardia and JFK. The Unisphere is the best symbol of the borough and also one of the largest globes ever made.

Unisphere Dedication:

"Peace Through Understanding"

Unisphere History:

The Unisphere found its perch in Queens for the 1964-1965 World's Fair. The US Steel Corporation built it as a symbol of world peace. Since then the Unisphere has welcomed visitors, soccer players, museum and theater goers, Mets fans, and the people of Queens, New York.

Unisphere Design:

The Unisphere is 140 feet high and 120 feet in diameter. It weighs 900,000 pounds. Since the continents are the heaviest parts of the all-steel sculpture and they aren't evenly distributed, the Unisphere is top heavy. Very top heavy. It was carefully engineered to account for the unbalanced mass.

The Unisphere Is Visible From...:

One of the best views of the Unisphere is from the Van Wyck driving south. You'll see the Manhattan skyline behind the Unisphere, and if you time it right, the sunset will dazzle the vista. Of course in the park you get the closest views, but the most surprising are from the side streets of Flushing, west of Main Street.

The Place:

The Unisphere is more than just a mountain of steel delicately perched above the Flushing Meadows Park; it is a beautiful spot for Queens folk to stroll, a meeting place for friends, and a hangout for teenage skaters. The Unisphere makes the park extraordinary. It reminds us that the world does live in the borough: the people of Queens come from more places -- from Albania to Zimbabwe -- than anywhere else on the planet. The Unisphere is home in a borough that is often a home away from home.
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